Gisele & Tom not welcome?: Gisele Tom Country Club

Published: July 3, 2015

Gisele & Tom not welcome?: Gisele Tom Country Club, Just how exclusive is The Country Club in Brookline? We’re about to find out. Word around the club’s meticulously manicured grounds is that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and his supermodel spouse, Gisele Bundchen, whose mansion is just an errant tee shot away, would like to join. But it’s not clear if the club famous for understatement and insularity will accept the glamorous power couple as members.

Why? Because the 133-year-old institution prizes privacy and discretion above all else. And Brady and Bundchen, trailed as they often are by paparazzi, and occasionally controversy, attract the sort of attention abhorred by the multimillionaires who belong to the primrose playground on Clyde Street in Chestnut Hill.

“I don’t know what they’ll do about Brady,” said a prominent Boston businessperson who is amused by the club’s predicament. Like any bastion of Brahmin privilege, “The Country Club believes your name should appear in the newspaper just two times: When you’re born and when you die.”

Two members of the club, speaking on the condition of anonymity, confirmed the couple’s application but say a decision is not imminent.

“When it comes to issues related to members or membership, it’s our policy not to comment,” said David Chag, the general manager of The Country Club and de facto spokesman. “It’s a private club, and we don’t answer those kinds of questions.”

Established in 1882 as an equestrian and social club, with golf added a decade later, The Country Club of Brookline — or TCC — has an impressive pedigree.

‘When it comes to issues related to members or membership, it’s our policy not to comment.’

David Chag, The Country Club general manager
“What the MFA is to art and the BSO is to music, The Country Club is to clubs,” the Globe Sunday Magazine mused in 1999. And it’s true. As one of five clubs to found the United States Golf Association, The Country Club hosted the US Open in 1913, 1963, and 1988 and will likely host it again in 2022.

Ranked No. 19 by Golf Digest on a list of America’s 100 greatest golf courses, TCC hosted the Ryder Cup in 1999 and was discussed as a venue for the 2024 Olympics, if the Games end up in Boston. In addition to 27 holes of golf, the club boasts indoor and outdoor tennis courts, a curling rink, an Olympic-size swimming pool, skeet range, cross-country skiing trails, and a skating pond, where Olympic champ Tenley Albright practiced before the 1956 Games.

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